Coleman announces St. Paul boycott of Arizona

By Andy Birkey
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman ordered city staff to avoid Arizona following the passage of a law targeting immigrants for criminal prosecution in that state. SB1070 was signed into law last week and directs police to stop people suspected of being in the country illegally for proof of citizenship. Coleman said St. Paul joins a boycott by several other cities and that the bill is contrary to the values of Americans.

“This law sets a dangerous example for the rest of the country. It will create a culture where racial profiling is acceptable, and will create a dangerous wedge between police officers and the communities they serve,” said Coleman. “We are a country of immigrants — and SB 1070 is an affront to our constitution and the values we hold dear as Americans. It’s not worthy of who we are as a people — and it’s certainly not worthy of the investment of any city dollars being spent in Arizona.”

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Ed Teach
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!!

T-Paw Is A Jerk
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

I read the law, and it does not allow for racial profiling. It simply is a duplicate of the Federal laws that are currently in place. I simply do not understand the basis for Mr. Coleman’s claims in the article above.

PLUS, illegals in this country are causing my union brothers and sisters to lose their jobs. I vote in favor of jobs and my union. This stupid boycott does nothing to help either one.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

Of course the law doesn’t “allow” for racial profiling. Did you honestly think they would come out and say “grab any sp*c you see and make him prove he has a right to be here?”

The racial profiling will be in how the law is applied. Immigration status will be challenged when the officer has some suspicion that the person may be an illegal immigrant. What’s the first sign of that–a Canucks jersey and “Corner Gas” DVDs? It’s more likely to be a brown skin and an accent the cop says he heard.

Incidentally, if you lost the kind of job that’s being taken by illegal immigrants . . . I’ll just let that one finish itself.

Brix Smith
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

Good on ya, Chris.

T-Paw Is A Jerk
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

I did not lose my job, but hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of my union brothers and sisters have lost theirs. As I said, I vote for jobs and my union. Your comments lead me to think you are anti-union.

Read the law. It is the same as what is in the Federal law at this time. The police can be sued if they do not follow the law. If they profile, then sue them.

This boycott is a slap in the face of every union member who has lost their job. Shame on you, Mr. Coleman.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

“…a law targeting immigrants …”

That’s a stupid comment. The law in no way targets “immigrants”. It targets illegal entrants. Immigrants are people born abroad who have a legal right to be in the U.S.

Eric Ferguson
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

T-Paw, unions have been generally supportive of immigration reforms being worked on by Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration. I really think most members won’t be with you on this one. Doesn’t mean you’re wrong on the legality or policy, just that you might be speaking for a minority of members and supporters of organized labor.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

Good point, Lee. The law doesn’t only target immigrants, it also targets any non-whites — legal or not, Hispanic or merely Hispanic-looking — who find themselves in Arizona (look out, majority-minory New Mexico!). And speaking of a stupid comment, what do you mean the law targets “illegal entrants”? If it did it would govern the entryway to the country, the U.S./Mexico border, not the activities of dark-skinned people across the state.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

I am not anti-union. I am anti-racism.

“If they profile, then sue them.” Do you really think that will work? If a Latino is held in jail for a few hours because his papers aren’t in order, how much is the jury goign to award? And is that going to be any kind of deterrent?

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

I’m not sure what exactly about the concept of “illegal” is so difficult for Coleman and his ilk to grasp.

Perhaps as his next trick he’ll boycott DC because the IRS goes after tax evaders.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

Coleman has lost it. Heaven forbid that someone would actually go through the legal immigration process. Coleman says we are a country of immigrants. Fact: some are immigrants some are not, the point of the law seems to be to sort that out. Using Colemans logic lets not bother trying to find out which one of us are bank robbers and which are not; it may be offensive to someone.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

Politicians are funny, the US is a country of LEGAL immigrants, but I guess if you keep the barn door open that may change.

If you want to enter the US (or Ariz) do it legally.

Mexico’s pissed because they have a pretty good gig, they don’t have to deal with any of their poverty issues, they can just ship them across the border. But I’ll assume this will be aimed at any illegal alien in Arizona although the reality is the vast majority of them come from Mexico.

What ever happened to tightening up the borders to control who comes and goes in the US?

Matt O
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

Boycott St. Paul

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

I now have a reason to boycott St. Paul.

American Citizen
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

St. Paul, I will now research what products you produce and Boycott You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arizona has no problem with LEGAL IMMIGRATION, Only ILLEGAL ALIENS!!

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

Coleman is right about “It will create a culture where racial profiling is acceptable.” Critics who don’t get why that is a bad thing are not responsible adults. This will be proven the first time a U. S. Citizen spends a minute in custody for not carrying the correct documents.

Coleman is wrong to boycott. I don’t see how St. Paul has any dog in that fight. It’ll get “fixed” eventually, even if it winds up at the Supreme Court. Oh, wait…

“Show me your papers!!”

Maureen Matthew
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

As a Canadian woman who frequently visits the US (and more so now that the US dollar is in the pits) I have emailed both the mayor of St. Paul and San Francisco indicating that I will be altering my vacation plans and will be going to Arizona (and I have a huge disposal income by the way).

I will NEVER support any politician that supports illegal actions and if you are in the US or in Canada without approval, that is illegal. Time to grow a pair, people!!!

Matt L
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

Oh well, I guess I’ll be boycotting St Paul and vacationing in Arizona from now on. Why is it any of Coleman’s or the city of St Paul’s business what Arizona does? Coleman should worry about the slacker St Paul employees leeching money off of the tax payers of St Paul.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

I think this is outrageous, but if Mayor Coleman thinks it’s reasonable, lets all go along with him. LET’S ALL BOYCOTT ST. PAUL, SINCE WE DON’T AGREE WITH THEIR POLICIES. No more shopping, dining, services in St. Paul, ok?
He was quoted elsewhere as saying how lucky for his immigrant mother that there wasn’t an “anti-Irish” law. Gee, is he trying to tell us his mother was illegal? I’m sure his mother treasures being compared to an illegal immigrant. What part of “ILLEGAL” do these people NOT understand?
I’m going out to buy some “Arizona” tea. (I hear that’s being boycotted even though it’s a NY product) then plan a trip to the Grand Canyon. But NO MORE SPENDING IN ST. PAUL.

Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

These freedoms that so many of us are facilely relinquishing will be nearly impossible to regain once their gone, or simply gone for good. How much more are we willing to give up in the name of safety and immigration enforcement?

“The Arizona Law: Taking Civil Liberties Lessons from China”
–James Fallows

Bravo Coleman for standing up to the ill-informed, emotionally-driven mobs!

Lesa Coffey
Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 12:37 am

I say we boycott St.Paul. This person dont know crap about what goes on in Arizona. Leave Arizona alone or we will leave you alone/

Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 6:44 am

Well great! Another city for Arizona to start shipping their problem off to.

I would just love it if they gave their illegal immigrants a choice of cities with moron mayors (san fransisco, st. paul so far) they want to go to and ship them there.

Jim S.
Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 8:37 am

I am very offended at the position taken by Mr. Coleman, but he may be like so many in gov’t…..perhaps he has not even read the bill. About 70% of Arizonans approve of the measure and, understandably so since THERE IS A KIDNAPPING IN PHX EVERY 35 MINUTES!!! This is a case where the Gov. of AZ has written five letters to Mr. Obama and spoken with him personally about the devastating effects of illegal immigrant crime and drain on the state budget…..absolutely no response from Mr. Obama. Only the seared conscience of Mr. Obama would then allow him to publicly criticize the state for enforcing our laws regarding immigration. I don’t think Arizona should let the negligence of this current administration destroy their state. Janet Napolotano…former AZ Gov and now head of Homeland Security, claims she knows the border situation as well as anyone. Lindsay Graham asked her in a Senate hearing if that is the case, does she believe the border is safe and secure. Her comment was that the question is unfair. If she is the one protecting us, and cannot field that very relevant question, we are all at risk. Mr. Coleman….you, sir, are a disgrace to our state and to this country. Read the bill, Mr. Coleman!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

This is just another politician grandstanding. Hey Mayor Coleman why don’t you focus on fixing problems in St. Paul and leave the governing of Arizona to Arizonans.

Ski U Mah Gopher
Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

How many whites will be asked to prove their status? Look, there are as many people who overstay their visas as those who come across the Mexican border. If not, it’s close.

Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

The law is ridiculous – whether it mirrors the federal law or not, it is obviously meant as a protection for those who want to racially profile.

Lawsuits regarding racial profiling hardly ever go to trial, because you have to prove that the motive was racial, which is nearly impossible.

The bigots who use racial profiling know this, and will use it to their advantage.

I can’t support a boycott of an entire state, but I would not purchase products from a particular company if I knew they supported this measure.

Comment posted May 1, 2010 @ 8:17 am

I will not be spending any of my money this summer in St. Paul. Maybe I’ll go someplace warm this winter instead, Arizona perhaps. The mayor is a joke. He should worry about St. Paul instead of trying to help out the drug cartels.

truth and justice
Comment posted May 3, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

Let’s be clear:

illegal = criminal action

If someone enters without a visa, it is a civil violation. Hence the term undocumented. If someone is deported and then enters again, it becomes a criminal violation. I don’t know the percentage of 1st time vs 2nd time entrants but I suspect most of the pople in ths US without visas are first time entrants, hence have civil violations. Why are we punishing with criminal sanctions at the state level what it only a civil violation on the federal level?

Do people realize that undocumneted immigrants contribute $52 Billion to our economy every year? We should work to support this contribution while at the same time work to deport violent criminals. This cannot be accomplished with a law like Arizona’s. Instead, we should reward undocumented aliens for reporting known criminal aliens.

Comment posted May 4, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

This guy represents the LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZEN?????? I THINK NOT!!! !




Venus Pierce
Comment posted May 4, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

Shame on you for supporting illegals & selling hard working Americans down the river. Sacrifice our great nation for “Politcal Correctness”.

American Voter
Comment posted May 9, 2010 @ 2:30 am

Mr Coleman, you are part of the problem not the solution. This video, and many others, has opened my eyes to what is really going on in our border States. The man calling for revolution in our Country is a teacher in LA.
and this one has a Texas Professor among others.
Boycott Arizona? With Mexican flags hanging in American schools and Mexican students being offended by the American flag I’m sure you meant to say-wake up American your border towns have already been seized and it’s only a matter of time before they come to our States. While you worry about “profiling” the rest of us will worry about our Country. This law is already a law! The state of Arizona is just going to enforce it. Perhaps you would enjoy having a small army of drug smugglers in your back yard every night? I think not.

Comment posted May 12, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

In response to you e-mail…….I am among the 70% plus of Arizonans who approve of the Arizona Illegal Immigration Bill!
Too many people have not read the Bill so how can they be against it when they do not know what’s in it?
Too many people rather believe in heresy than in facts! The American main media is a classic example.
Here in Tucson, only one percent of the protesters when asked were register voter, the rest were high school kids (from Tucson High School) and illegals on the day the Governor signed the Bill. NO LIE!

Like California, Arizona is bleeding from the financial burden that illegals have created in this state. Crime committed by illegals in Arizona is another burden for our State law enforcement agencies.

When someone walks into a Chase Bank to open an account, the Customer Representative will ask for proper identification. If that someone does not show the proper identification that someone will be ask if he or she is an American citizen. If not, a different form has to be fill out.

When someone is stop for a traffic violation, is in a traffic accident, acting suspicious, or commits a crime, the police officer will ask for proper identification.
If that someone does not show the proper identification, that someone will be ask if he or she is an American citizen. If not, that someone will be question further to determine his or her status in this country. It’s not profiling!

My father arrived in this country from Mexico at the age of six. For seventy-four years he carried with him a U.S. working permit (Green Card). He never complained of profiling! Whenever someone asked him if he was American citizen, he would proudly say no

Wild Fan
Comment posted May 13, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

This bums me out. Since I will be boycotting St Paul, I will no longer be able to attend MN Wild games. I feel like my liberties have been violated.

James May
Comment posted May 14, 2010 @ 7:13 am

As a Minnesotan in Egypt and India for the past 6 months, I am appalled at this boycott by St. Paul. Instead of frying fellow Americans over illegals, the state of Minnesota should be adopting Oklahoma’s 2007 House Bill 1804 and get these people out of the country before we have the population of India.

Back home, I think many Americans are unaware of the population explosion that is happening around the Third World. If we don’t act instead of carping about silly “what if’s”, as if the Constitution is going to fall down, and bend to reality, America will suffer. We are bringing a spoon to a knife fight.

Comment posted May 14, 2010 @ 7:50 am

James, what’s the relevance of your travels in Egypt and India? And could you please stay there?

James May
Comment posted May 15, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

I don’t agree with St. Paul’s boycott – should I boycott St. Paul? I wonder how much money I could make with a ‘Let’s All Boycott Each Other’ t-shirt?

If I was an Arizonan I’d secede from the Union and if I was St. Paul’s mayor I’d shut the hell up and check out this democracy wherein 2/3 of the people are in favor of this bill. A similar bill worked wonders in Oklahoma a couple of years ago.

James May
Comment posted May 15, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

Staton, here is the relevance which was quite clear but it appears you need to have some of it spelled out very slowly. Egypt’s next war will be over water rights of the Nile River. Egypt’s population is bursting at the seams and the Egyptian government has said for many years that they will go to war over the issue of any country south of Egypt diverting the flow of the Nile; there are too many people.

India has too many people and the result is a country that barely runs and where poverty is endemic. The United States will shortly have its quality of life curtailed as it too not only climbs artificially in population as a result of illegal immigration but also with an influx of people who do not like America other than what they can get out of it. The Latino cultures are not big on the Magna Carta and are big on organizations like ‘La Raza’, those cuddly racists who want Aztlan, like all of South and Central America really need their failed cultures extended North.
Honestly, there are so many starry-eyed Orwellian nutjobs like you in the states that I hope I never come back. The average Egyptian has more common sense than you and St. Paul’s politcally correct mayor.

Comment posted May 18, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

To Mayor Chris Coleman hope you are not up for re-election soon… This is what are constitution was built on and what every American should hold dear!!!

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.

We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people.”

Comment posted May 19, 2010 @ 10:32 am

Without the illegal immigrants, how are the illegal drugs going to get up to Minnesota? The city of St. Paul is just making sure their supply of illegal drugs reamains available for the mayor, his family and friends.

Comment posted May 19, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

Ok ladies and gentlemen:
At the end eveybody with the exception of the native brown
people of this continent renamed “America” are children of ilegal aliens.

ilegal Aliens from a planet called Europe.
the reason I say this is simple.
1.people from all over europe came to this continent without a valid “visa”.
2.ilegally occupied a land and almost exterminated their
lawful ownwers.
3.But now their ilegal spoiled children claim this land as their own.

So at the end who are the true ilegal aliens????????

Comment posted May 19, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

Mr James may.

Apparently you have forgotten.
perhaps need to be reminded that your ancestors arrived
uninvited to this continent renamed “america”

starving to death looking for a better life; that was not possible at that time in Europe.
and thanks to them you can open your big spoiled mouth!!
against other underdogs.
Do you know the law of karma??

Della Hall
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 9:40 am

What is wrong with you, Mr. Coleman – you should be ashammed of your boycott of Arizona. You have not walked in their shoes and until you do, you should withdraw your ridiculous boycott. You’d better get on your knees and ask the Lord what He would have you do.

Clara Perlinger
Comment posted May 25, 2010 @ 11:57 am

Chris Coleman

You are an insult to the Minnesota residents.

How can you make a statement to boycott Arizona because of their new immigration law when you don’t live there and apparently have no idea what the situation is like.
I have two sisters who live in Arizona and this is the best thing that has ever happened there. These illegal immigrents are taking thousands of jobs away from the U.S Citizens and needs to be stopped.

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Comment posted November 5, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

Has the boycott been repealed yet? I’ve been staying away from St. Paul since this started. I’ll be shopping and going to restaurants etc. once the boycott is repealed. I didn’t go to a taste of Minnesota this year. I know people in construction that don’t have jobs right now. I asked where something was at a grocery store in Minnetonka and the person didn’t understand me. I am absolutely not against immigration but I am wholeheartedly against illegal immigration. All of my great great grandparents came from somewhere else. A freind of mine lives in Arizona and said crime is on its way to his neighborhood. Not only is it illegal, it affects business competition between construction, janitorial etc that are following the rules and trying to bid on contracts as well as it lowers wages and it is dangerous to the people that are here illegally because they are out in the streets,. (At least some of them) I always wondered where the failing of the system started and why they are not held accountable for not speaking up right at the start. Someone could have said that we need more help but did not speak up. If I get behind at my job as an accountant I speak up right away. Thats my two cents.

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